Yisleta mission outside El Paso
Today we got out of Texas. We spent last night in el paso, which does not warrant its own entry, or upper case letters, since it is designed as a gross border town. There were several super Walmarts and chain restaurants, but little else to report. Interstate 10 does pass within feet of the border with Mexico, where you can look out on the shanties of Mexico, in stark contrast to the super Walmarts. At any rate, we made it is Tucson
, AZ, where my friend Amanda lives with her boyfriend, Jeff. We were able to see the Saguaro cactus (those huge 40 ft cactus that look like stick figures). They live for 200 years and sometimes house birds and small owls (called elf owls, in case they were not cute enough on thier own). We then got to explore 4th Ave in Tucson, which is the kind of hip neighborhood. It had a very State Street in Madison feel. Amanda and Jeff found us for dinner and took us to a great Mexican restaurant on the south side before showing us back to the interstate for our trip to Phoenix. It was wonderful to reconnect with friends I have not seen for several years, which was kiind of the impetus for my road trip in the first place.